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transitive (adjective)

Definition:

designating a verb that requires a direct object to complete the meaning

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Derivative:

transitively

Comparative:

more transitive

Superlative:

most transitive

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"taking a direct object" (of verbs), 1570s (implied in transitively), from Late...
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Definition references

Wiktionary:

transitive | transitif [French, grammar] | transitives [French, feminine plural, grammar] | intransitive [antonym, sense-specific] | nontransitive [antonym, sense-specific]

Making a transit or passage. | Affected by transference of signification. | [grammar, verb] Taking an object or objects. | [set theory, relation on a set] Having the property that if an element x is related to y and y is related to z, then x is ... (44 of 63 words, 4 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

transitive | transitively [adverb, derived]

[grammar] denoting an occurrence of a verb when it requires a direct object or denoting a verb that customarily requires a direct object | [noun] | ... (24 of 424 words, 4 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Transitivity [disambiguation]

may refer to: Intransitive verb | Transitive verb, when a verb takes an object | Transitivity (grammar) | Transitive relation. A binary relation is transitive if whenever A is related to B and B is related to C, then A is related to C, for all A, B,... (45 of 294 words, 13 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Transitivity

Oxford Dictionary:

transitive | intransitive [antonym, sense-specific] | transitively [derived] | transitiveness [derived] | transitivity [derived]

[grammar] : (of a verb or a sense or use of a verb) able to take a direct object (expressed or implied), e.g. saw in he saw the donkey. | [logic, ... (30 of 137 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/transitive

American Heritage Dictionary:

transitive | trans. [abbreviation, sense-specific] | tr. [abbreviation, sense-specific] | transitively [adverb, related] | transitiveness [noun, related] | transitivity [noun, related]

or ; [grammar] Expressing an action carried from the subject to the object; ... | Characterized by or involving transition. | [logic, math] Of or ... (23 of 124 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/transitive

Merriam-Webster:

transitive | transitively [adverb, related] | transitiveness [noun, related] | transitivity [noun, related]

characterized by having or containing a direct object | being or relating to a relation with the property that if the relation holds between a first ... (25 of 123 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/transitive

New World Dictionary:

transitive | transitively [adverb, related] | transitiveness [adverb, related]

[rare] of, showing, or characterized by transition; transitional | [grammar] expressing an action thought of as passing over to and having an effect ... (22 of 96 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

transitive | transitive verb [grammar, sense-specific]

[grammar] having the nature of a transitive verb. | characterized by or involving transition; transitional; intermediate. | passing over to or ... (19 of 77 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/transitive

Cambridge Dictionary:

transitive [entry 1, specialized] | transitively [adverb, derived] | transitivity [noun, derived]

(of a verb) having or needing an object (8 of 49 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/transitive 1

transitive [entry 2, specialized]

a transitive verb (3 of 13 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/transitive 2

Macmillan British Dictionary:

transitive [linguistics] | transitively [adverb, related] | transitivity [noun, uncountable, related]

a transitive verb is always used with a direct object (10 of 40 words, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/transitive

Encarta Dictionary:

transitive | transitively [adverb, derived] | transitiveness [noun, derived] | transitivity [noun, derived]

needing or usually taking a direct object | describes a given relation between terms such that if it exists between "a" and "b" and between "b" and ... (26 of 81 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861721484​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

transitive

Origin: "taking a direct object" (of verbs), 1570s (implied in transitively), from Late Latin transitivus (Priscian) "transitive", literally ... (17 of 30 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=transitive

American Heritage Dictionary:

transitive

Origin: Late Latin trānsitīvus, passing over (translation of Greek diabibastikos), from trānsitus, past participle of trānsīre, to go over; see "transient".

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Oxford Dictionary:

transitive

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: (in the sense "transitory"): from late Latin transitivus, from transit- "gone across" (see "transit")

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Collins Dictionary:

transitive

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Late Latin transitīvus from Latin transitus a going over; see transient

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/transitive

Wiktionary:

transitive

Origin: Latin transitivus, from transitus, from trans ("across") + itus, from eo ("to go").

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Merriam-Webster:

transitive

First use: 1590

Origin: Late Latin transitivus, from Latin transitus, past participle of transire

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/transitive

New World Dictionary:

transitive

Origin: Late Latin transitivus from Latin transitus: see "transit"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/transitive

Audio references

Wiktionary:

transitive

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Collins Dictionary:

transitive

Audio: British English pronunciation of "transitive"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

transitive [entry 1, specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "transitive"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "transitive"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/transitive 1

Macmillan British Dictionary:

transitive [linguistics]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "transitive"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

transitive [linguistics]

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the Free Dictionary:

transitive

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Google Dictionary:

transitive | transitives [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "transitive"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

transitive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "transitive"

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YourDictionary Audio:

transitive

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freedictionary.org:

transitive

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